Places of Interest


National Trust

Generations of the Hoare family have lived at, and loved Stourhead. The house in the country as an escape from London truly became their family home.

The House

Stourhead was one of the first grand Palladian-style villas to be built in England and as such it follows the correct tradition, where the carriage entrance leads to the piano nobile, or main floor, where the state rooms are arranged. Underneath in a semi-basement, lie the ‘engine rooms’ of the house – the kitchens, sculleries and offices. The house was intended to be the main country home for Henry Hoare I ‘the Good’ and his family, but unfortunately Henry passed away the same year that the house was completed.

The Garden

With hills, water and classical architecture overlaid by a fabulous collection of trees and shrubs, Stourhead was described as ‘a living work of art’ when first opened in the 1740s. Meandering paths offer vistas through trees to classical temples and surprises at every turn.

Henry ‘the Magnificent’  was one of a small group of early eighteenth-century ‘gentleman gardeners’ using their acres to create a particularly personal landscape which expressed their hopes and beliefs about the world and their journey through it. His vision, recreating a classical landscape, depended on water.

The centre piece of the garden at Stourhead is the lake, which dictates the path you take and the views you enjoy. The damming of the river and the creation of the lake was an ambitious undertaking. Henry ‘the Magnificent’ and his architect Henry Flitcroft planned it before work began on the garden buildings such as the Temple of Flora, Pantheon and Grotto.

The original planting of the garden was undertaken by a team of 50 gardeners, who planted and tended beech, oak, sycamore, Spanish chestnut, ash and holm oak.

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Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Castle and Gardens

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and the stately home of the Digby family since 1617, Sherborne Castle is a Historic House, which reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles.

Sherborne Castle

Approximately 3miles away from The holiday let

Sherborne Castle, Dorset which has been the Digby Family home since 1617. Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic house reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English History. Experience nationally important collections of furniture, paintings and porcelain.  Walk in Capability Brown’s English Landscape Garden. ‘Capability’ Brown created the 50-acre lake in 1753 and gave Sherborne the very latest in landscape gardening, with magnificent specimen trees, borders and sweeping lawns in one of his finest Lakeland landscapes. Visit the Castle’s rich interiors with its splendid collections of art, furniture and porcelain, together with Raleigh’s original kitchen, family artifacts and archaeological ‘finds’ from the old medieval castle on view in the castle cellars. 

Explore 30-acres of beautiful Lakeside Gardens and grounds, and enjoy the beauty, peace and tranquility of this perfect natural setting. Watch the abundant wildlife on the lake, feed the ducks, have a picnic and walk the dogs. The Tea Room serves morning coffees, light lunches and delicious afternoon teas. The Gift Shop has a selection of gifts, souvenirs and wine.

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Country garden

The Queens Arms Country Pub

Quintessentially English Georgian Inn, in a gloriously rural setting, with the gently rolling landscape on the Dorset/ Somerset Hills. A pilgrimage for Foodies.

Note our own smallholding (Pigs, Cows and Hens). Snuggle up in front of the roaring open fire with newspapers, pint and a homemade Pork pie – oodles of rustic charm.


Dogs (and humans with muddy boots) are very welcome. Canines can stay in one room in the Coach house accommodation


Children are genuinely welcome and have their own menu –They get an activity pack and they can enter a draw to win a free meal at the pub.


The terrace has uninterrupted views over verdant farmland, an ideal spot to soak up the view and enjoy food and drink in this most civilised of settings.

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Classic cars

Haynes Motor Museum

The Haynes International Motor Museum, at Sparkford in Somerset is the UK’s largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world.

Approximately 2.5 miles away from The holiday let

Located just off the A303 at Sparkford in Somerset the Museum currently offers 19 individual exhibitions and it is very much a “Museum in Motion” with tours, talks and activities for families, children and enthusiasts alike. Packed with precious metal, the Haynes International Motor Museum is truly a world class motor museum. A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royce’s to exciting super cars of today, like the Jaguar XJ220 and the Ferrari 360.

You can discover the world famous Red Room, 11 huge display halls and one of the UK's largest speedway collections.

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Fighter jet

Fleet Air Arm Museum

Fleet Air Arm Museum houses the largest collection of Naval Aircraft in Europe. Go on board the 1st British built Concorde & visit the cockpit.

Approximately 5 miles away from The holiday let

Adventure playground, restaurant & shop. With so much to see and do the Fleet Air Arm Museum offers an enjoyable and informative day out for all the family.

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red panda

Longleat Zoo

Fun for all the family of all ages, explore the safari park, visit the stately home or enjoy the maze and other attractions.

Approximately 19 miles from The holiday let

Drive through the safari park or visit the house and gardens.

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Places to Visit

roman baths


Visit historic Bath, make a trip to the Roman baths, take an open bus tour of the city or wander around a mired of shops.

Listen to the street performers on a green or by an abundance of cafes. Approximately 38miles from the holiday let (50 minute drive).

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Burton Bradstock

Visit the Hive cafe on the national trust beach and walk for miles along the lightly shingle beach.

Nearby West Bay is where they filmed Broadchurch and there is another great cafe on the beach. Move from here along the Jurassic coast to Abbottsbury and visit the Botanical Gardens and Swannery making a fun filled day out. Approximately a 50 minute drive south of the holiday cottages on the world famous jurassic coast.

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pebble beach

Lyme Regis

Beautiful Lyme Regis in the South West of Dorset, it’s a historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour.

Surrounded by wonderful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage site status, famous for its geology and fossil finds. Approximately 40 miles from the holiday let (50 minute drive).

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Approximately 33 miles from the holiday let (40 minute drive) the great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is unique.

The monument evolved between 3,000BC and 1600BC and is aligned with the rising and setting of the sun at the solstices, but its exact purpose still remains a mystery. It’s a World Heritage site and open from 9.30am.

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english seaside


Home of 2012 sailing venue for the British Olympics, it houses a fine beach, an array of shops, Sea life Centre and fun for all the family.

Approximately 25 miles from The Holliday let (35 minute drive).

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